Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo has hinted that she may quit acting completely once the series comes to an end.
The actress, who plays Meredith Grey in the medical drama, told a panel discussion that while she had recently signed a new two-year deal with Grey’s, she no longer had a “strong desire to act”.
“I definitely don’t have a strong desire to act after Grey’s; I definitely feel myself transitioning. I don’t find acting terribly empowering. For the place I am in my life… I don’t necessarily want to work for other people.”
The star has become increasingly involved in production recently, being actively involved in selling projects through an ABC Studios development deal. She revealed that while she isn’t formally indicating her intention to retire from acting, she could see her career moving in a different direction.
“I mean, never say never, I’m not going to come out and make one of those statements like, ‘I’m retiring after’ and then in February come back. … I try to keep an open heart, an open mind, an open soul and spirit to whatever comes my way, and whatever is meant to be for me will be.”
“I feel like the acting has been a wonderful opportunity, and I’ve just done so much of it over the past 11 years… maybe part of my personality is I feel like I have something to prove sometimes. And with acting, I don’t feel like I have anything to prove anymore — even though I have no awards! Grey’s is in 97 countries or something and we’ve had this blessing of all these wonderful fans who still love us 10 years later, I feel like I did it and I don’t have anything left to prove, and I’d like to try to challenge myself.”